Bismarck State College hosts its second session of BookTalk on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the BSC Library.
The “Proving the Power of One” series explores nonfiction books about ordinary people who become extraordinary because their actions change the world for the better.
BSC philosophy professor Tayo Basquiat leads discussion of “An Ordinary Man,” an autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina (with Tom Zoellner). The autobiography recounts his role in saving hundreds of people during the 1994 chaos and genocide in his native Rwanda where 800,000 were killed in less than 100 days.
Michelle Lindblom, associate professor of visual art, will share some of photos and impressions of her trip to Rwanda in 2011.
Rusesabagina, a hotel manager, turned the European luxury Hotel Milles Collines into a refuge for more than 1,200 Tutsi and moderate Hutu, while fending off would-be killers with diplomacy and deception. That experience was made famous in the film “Hotel Rwanda.”
In the book, Rusesabagina tells the story of his childhood, retraces his accidental path to heroism, revisits the 100 days in which he was the only thing standing between his “guests” and a hideous death, and recounts his subsequent life as a refugee and activist.
BookTalk discussions are open to all. Refreshments will be served.
The last discussion in the series is March 10 on “Unbowed: a Memoir” by Wangari Maathai. BookTalk is funded by the BSC Library and a grant from the BSC Foundation.